Question about Fiat 124
I have a 1973 Fiat 500L. There appears to be no spark between the distributor and coil. When I disconnected the coil wire from the distributor cap holding the end of the coil wire near a ground and had another person try to start there was no pulsing spark (I've done this with my other old cars to troubleshoot). Points are opening and the rotor is turning. Also can't figure out if it's an alternator or generator. Really could use a good mechanic here is Connecticut that knows these cars. Thanks so much!
You need a voltmeter or test light to find 12 volts on one side terminal of the coil--the other side terminal goes to the distributor. If both sides have 12 volts, then the points may be dirty. If no 12 volts on the coil, trace that wire back to a resistor block on the firewall--check both ends for 12 volts. If still no 12 volts, check the ignition switch. Have you checked for a blown fuse?
Generators are usually nearly totally enclosed and long with several terminals sticking out. Alternators are shorter and wider with lots of ventilation slots and several terminals on the back. They also have a prominent fan behind a smaller pulley. You might see if you can find a Haynes service manual for this car if you are on your own.
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